PGY1 Residency Program

Henry County Medical Center offers an ASHP Candidate Status PGY1 residency with residents being able to train in a variety of practice settings. This PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. Henry County Medical Center’s program prepares the resident with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to become a competent pharmacy practitioner and an adjunct pharmacy school faculty member serving a community hospital.

Residency Components

The program is a 12-month experience composed of five major elements:

  1. Direct Patient Care
  2. Service
  3. Practice Management
  4. Project
  5. Drug Use Policy

Clinical Rotation Experience

In order to attain the core level of knowledge necessary to function as a pharmacy practitioner, each resident will participate in the following one month and longitudinal (12 months) rotations.

  • 1 Month
  • 1 Month
  • 1 Month
  • 1 Month
  • 1 Month
  • 1 Month
  • 1 Month
  • 1 Month
  • 1 Month
  • Longitudinal
  • Longitudinal
  • 4 Month
  • Orientation And Training
  • Internal Medicine
  • Management and Drug Use Policy
  • Research
  • Critical Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Department
  • Nutritional Support
  • Practice Management
  • Elective Rotations

The residents’ schedule during each rotation is determined by the rotation preceptor and outlined to the resident at the beginning of each rotation. Most rotations begin on the 1st of the month and last the entirety of the month. For the elective rotations, residents will choose from the following available rotation options:

  1. Internal Medicine
  2. Critical Care
  3. Geriatrics
  4. Cardiology
  5. Emergency Department
  6. Infectious Disease
  7. Psychiatry

All residents are required to complete rotations in core areas considered to be essential to the pharmacy practitioner. A broad range of elective rotations is available to allow residents flexibility in pursuing individual goals. Additional learning experiences aimed at producing a versatile pharmacist include completion of a major research project, growth of oral and written communication skills, participation in various departmental committees and providing comprehensive pharmacy services in various areas throughout the institution.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to program requirements already outlined, PGY1 residents will staff additional shifts during the residency year. PGY1 residents are also required to complete the following written assignments:

  1. Medication Use Evaluation (MUE): Residents will perform and present at least one MUE to the Patient Care Committee. The medication(s) studied are assigned based on department needs. A preceptor is assigned to oversee the MUE. Residents will design the data collection form, collect pertinent information, analyze results, determine conclusions of medication use and make recommendations to improve its use.
  2. Comparative Medication Review (CMR): Residents will complete one CMR during the Drug Use Policy rotation. Resident assignments may vary based on department needs and may include a drug class review, formulary review, drug monograph or other project.
  3. Continuing Education: Residents will provide two, one hour ACPE Continuing Education presentations.
  4. Didactic Lecture: Residents will provide at least one hour of didactic lecture at Union University School of Pharmacy and/or in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Teaching and Learning Program.
  5. Journal Club Presentation: Residents are responsible for contributing to monthly journal club presentation.
  6. Manuscript

Expectations

  1. At the end of the residency, all program participants are expected to:
  2. Provide pharmaceutical care in multiple settings, applying evidence-based knowledge
  3. Maintain independent learning skills
  4. Possess a professional ethic
  5. Develop effective communication skills
  6. Cultivate confident leadership skills
  7. Understand research methods and opportunities
  8. Take responsibility for evaluation of one’s work
  9. Provide effective drug education to others
  10. Understand and participate in the medication use improvement system
  11. Improve the drug distribution system
  12. Assume personal responsibility for affecting change through involvement in multidisciplinary and interdepartmental teams

Application Process

Applications are available on PHORCAS.

Residency Leadership

Paula C. Bell, Pharm.D., BCPS
Pharmacy Director
Henry County Medical Center
Phone: (731) 644-8591
Email: pabell@hcmc-tn.org

Current PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents

Jacob Fussell, PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, from McKenzie, TN; and Caroline Johnson, PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, from Bowling Green, KY.